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Monday, March 19, 2012

Back to School!

Welcome back everyone!

I can't tell you how happy I was to see all your smiling, happy faces today! To those of you who participated in the regional science fair, congratulations! It sounds like you had a really positive experience, learned a lot, and represented the school in a really fantastic way!

Today's schedule was a bit crazy with the BioVan, new daylight savings time Salat, and picture pick-ups, but it was a good day and we will be back in the swing of things soon.

The BioVan educators did a great job presenting information about the habitats along the entire Rio Grande. We looked at Bear and Mountain Lion pelts from the upper Rio Grande in Colorado, we learned about beavers, coyotes, owls, and spiders that live in the Bosque, we learned about cacti, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, and vinagaroons in the Chihuahua Desert, salamanders and humming birds in the sable palms sanctuary, and sea turtles, sharks, horseshoe crabs, and kangaroo rats on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The educators really enjoyed interacting with the middle schoolers and the middle schoolers asked some really great questions!

(The sleeping Kangaroo Rat was almost as cute as Gnasher, but don't tell him!)

We also learned about how humans are impacting each of these habitats and discussed ways that we can make a difference.

Speaking of... I am hoping that we can participate in the Sandia Foothills Spring Cleanup. Every Saturday in April, volunteers will be gathering at different trails to pick up trash and clean up graffiti. I think this is a great way to serve the community and the environment at the same time (you will also receive extra credit for participating). The first clean up is April 7th at Copper Trail Head. This is where I hike most and I would really like to help maintain this area. I will definitely be attending this event, and I would love for you to join me! We can carpool from the school to save space in the trailhead parking lot and to be a bit greener. Here is the official website: Foothills Spring Clean-Up
And the official schedule:
April 7 : Copper trailhead. East of Tramway on Copper Ave.
April 14 : Indian School trailhead. East of Tramway on Indian School Road.
April 21 : Menaul trailhead. East of Tramway on Menaul Blvd.
April 28: Piedra Lisa Open Space. East of Tramway on Candelaria Road and south on Camino de la Sierra.

6th Grade
I am sorry I didn't get to spend much time with you today, but you will have your chance to hang with the BioVan animals and educators on Wednesday! The take home test I assigned over break is an important assignment. If you did not do it for some reason, you need to finish it and hand it in ASAP. It is worth a full test grade! If you did not hand in your packets from before break WITH A PARENT SIGNATURE it is also very, very important that you do so. Lets finish this school year with a really fabulous trimester with really high grades!!!
Here is the link for the homework for this week in case you or your parents need it:
G6 Homework March 19-23

P.S. Gnasher got his own back pack :)